Rescheduled from February 2021 until November 2021, the official show of the Hardware Association Ireland – The Hardware Show 2021 – will now run from the 14th to the 15th of November 2021 at the Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre, Saggart, Co. Dublin, according to a recent Hardware Journal (Ireland) report.
With over 85 per cent of the total stand space allocated to date, it is clear that industry support for The Hardware Show has been overwhelming, and there is an obvious pent-up demand from suppliers to have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their customers.
Commenting on the importance of the event to suppliers, one exhibitor, Niall Nugent, Sales and Marketing Director for Ames True Temper said in the report that, “Since its creation in 1971, The Hardware Show has become the single biggest and best event offering exhibitors the best possible opportunity to stage their products and meet with both existing and new potential customers.”
Government clarity was recently secured by The Irish Exhibition Organisers Association (IEOA) which outlines that trade fairs and exhibitions may be run under Levels 1 and 2 of COVID-19 Government guidelines, signalling that planning can re-commence for the organisation of the event.
Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with responsibility for Trade Promotion, Robert Troy, acknowledged his support for enabling trade fairs and exhibitions to recommence in 2021.
“I am delighted to see first-hand the level of preparedness that venues are making to ensure that they can reopen safely when permitted under public health guidance and the Government’s Living with COVID-19 Roadmap. A significant effort has been made by the industry to develop protocols for the safe return to business. I envisage no reason that trade exhibitions cannot reopen in Level 2, subject to a decline in trajectory of the virus,” Minister Troy said in the Hardware Journal’s report.
“As Minister for Trade Promotion, I recognise the value of face-to-face engagement and business networking and I look forward to the reopening of the business events and trade shows in the coming months. 2021 is the year we make trade a priority, and I will continue to work with my Government colleagues to see the safe return of trade exhibitions which give businesses the space to make connections and work together,” Minister Troy said.
Under levels 1 and 2 of COVID-19 Government guidelines, IEOA-drafted COVID-19 protocols are said to be in place at The Hardware Show to ensure best practice health and safety standards are delivered once trade fairs and exhibitions recommence.
The IEOA protocols have been reviewed by the Health and Safety Authority and the Department of Health and are important document in ensuring trade fairs are one of the safest indoor environments during the pandemic, according to the Government.